Recipes from a Lifetime of Surf Travel
By Jim Kempton

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ISBN 978-1-945551-33-8
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Not Your Everyday
Surf n’ Turf

Jim Kempton has spent his life traveling, surfing, and eating, along the way learning to cook the best beach-loving dishes from the world’s best beach towns. Now he’s sharing his vibrantly colorful, flavorful, and healthful collection of recipes, along with stories of the best waves, markets, restaurants, adventures, and misadventures that he’s experienced as he’s surfed the world.

Discover the dishes, the beaches, the waves, and the stories from:
The Basque Country • California• The Caribbean • Central America • Hawaii •
Guam, Tahiti & the South Pacific • Indonesia • Mexico • Morocco • Peru

  • Foreword by The Surfer’s Journal publisher Steve Pezman
  • Chef’s foreword by famed surfer/chef Raphael Lunetta
  • Photographs by renowned surf and food photographers, including Art Brewer, Jeff Divine, Bill Schildge, and Tom Servais

About the Author

Jim Kempton is a lifelong surfer, cook, and writer. He has been the editor and publisher of Surfer magazine; the director of Quiksilver’s Crossing Project, a boat that searched the world for the best surf breaks; the director of media for Billabong; and the owner of the former Margarita’s Village, an award-winning regional Mexican restaurant in San Clemente, California. Kempton has traveled to over 30 countries, surfing and collecting recipes. The San Clemente resident is currently president of the California Surf Museum, as well as a surf-industry consultant.

Foreword author Steve Pezman is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Surfer’s Journal, and chef’s foreword author Raphael Lunetta is the chef/owner of the two Lunetta restaurants in Santa Monica, California, the founding co-chef of JiRaffe, and a lifelong surfer.

Praise for First We Surf

“The book is going to be a must-have in a million kitchens.”
William Finnegan, New Yorker writer and author of Barbarian Days

“An expansive collection of recipes sourced from his travels on six continents—accompanied by stunning surf photography. Kempton’s the real deal when it comes to surfing, and he’s serious about his recipes as well… Kempton’s generous collection is sure to capture the imaginations of home cooks, be they surfers or travelers.”
Publishers Weekly

“Far from writing a ‘jocks only’ cookbook/armchair-travel book, professional surfer, editor, and author Kempton has taken great care in assembling nearly 100 universally appealing recipes that represent both favorite and unusual dishes from seasides around the world…. No need to be a bona fide water baby to enjoy this world-cuisine-embracing collection.”

“The book is chock full of recipes, stories and photos—all inspired by the places Kempton’s found waves and adventure. Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, the Basque Country, Morocco, and beyond—nearly every corner of the world where there are breaking waves, Kempton’s got a story and a recipe inspired by that place. For those who are a bit clumsy in the kitchen, Kempton’s made each recipe easy to follow and duplicate. And if you’re worried it’s a book filled only with fish taco and California burrito recipes, fear not. The book has a wide range of recipes for many palates, featuring dishes like Mango Point Potage, Moroccan Grilled Lamb, Ono Poke Bowl, and a Costa Rican Coffee-Rubbed Pork with Marmalade Glaze.”
 Surfer Magazine

More on First We Surf

Watch Jim Kempton cook in this interview and live food demo!
First We Surf, Then We Eat  — CBS 8 Morning News

Compliments for Jim Kempton followed by a Q&A!
In ‘First We Surf, Then We Eat’ cookbook, recipes for adventurous eating from the world’s best surf spots — OC Register

More from Jim Kempton on his story and adventures along with a recipe from his book.
Edible Bookshelf: “First We Surf, Then We Eat” Presents Global Flavors with Surfer SensibilityEdible, San Diego